This gay football star performs to a song about a dad who won't accept his son. His won't either.

On "Dancing with the Stars," football player Michael Sam performed to a song all about a dad who won't accept his son.


He danced quite well, I might add.


If you remember, Michael Sam announced he was gay in advance of the NFL draft, becoming the NFL's first openly gay football player.

He actually is the first openly gay player to be drafted in any major league sport in America.

Unfortunately, it cost Michael his relationship with his father.

After Michael came out, his father gave an interview to "The New York Times" saying things like

  • "I don't want my grandkids being raised in that type of environment," and
  • Deacon Jones, the Hall of Fame defensive end renowned for his toughness, "is turning over in his grave."

Michael is now estranged from his father.

Michael is using his celebrity to bring attention to acceptance.

The fact is that America has a long way to go before all parents will accept their children for who they are. Too many people in the LGBT community are afraid of coming out to their families for fear of ridicule, rejection, or worse.

What Michael Sam does with his recognition could change a few minds across America...

...maybe even a parent of a future gay NFL player out there.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

Vanna White appeared on "The Price Is Right" in 1980.

Vanna White has been a household name in the United States for decades, which is kind of hilarious when you consider how she gained her fame and fortune. Since 1982, the former model and actress has made millions walking back and forth turning letters (and later simply touching them—yay technology) on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

This video has it all: the early '80s hairstyles, a fresh-faced Vanna White and Bob Barker's casual sexism that would never in a million years fly today.

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